Raptors welcome back defence ... and a win against Wizards

Raptors' Rudy Gay (centre) drives to the basket over Washington Wizards' Emeka Okafor in Toronto on...

Raptors' Rudy Gay (centre) drives to the basket over Washington Wizards' Emeka Okafor in Toronto on Wednesday. (REUTERS/Jon Blacker)

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:15 PM ET

TORONTO - There are fewer things on a basketball court that can put a smile on a coach who values defence the way Dwane Casey does than a thoroughly dominant defensive quarter.

For the first time two weeks (although it felt like quite a bit longer) the Raps enjoyed one of those quarters in the third last night. Casey’s squad held Washington to just 12 points while piling up 29 of their own to put themselves in charge of a game they would go on to win 88-78.

Casey has been tormented by the Raptors defensive retreat this season and has made re-establishing that defensive identity in practice over the past month or so a priority.

The 12-point quarter by the Wizards was the lowest by a Raptors opponent since Charlotte put up just 10 in the fourth just over two weeks ago.


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